Actually, it’s longer than that since the clip picks up mid-clap. But the guy deserves it. He, er, shtupped a bunch of his staffers, didn’t he? So, three cheers.

Sympathy is due him for being the victim of a crime, but of course he’s not the only victim here. Could we at least hold off on the “awwws”?

“Now the other thing is my wife, Regina. She has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and it’s your responsibility, you try to fix it. And at that point, there’s only two things that can happen: Either you’re going to make some progress and get it fixed, or you’re going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed, so let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me.”

Another audience member said Letterman’s apology to his wife appeared to evoke sympathy from some in the crowd…

“That was very heartfelt, a lot of women in the crowd — I could hear them literally saying, ‘awww,’ that they felt for Dave and the dilemma he’s probably going through.”

For what it’s worth, i.e. probably not much, the lawyer for the accused blackmailer told the Times he has evidence of sexual harassment but that he won’t be producing it until trial. Which, in all likelihood, will never come.